Back to my Roots

Last blog post I did a scrapbook layout, something I hadn’t done in years.  Well that was where my journey into this world and on this amazing site began so many years ago.   One thing that drastically changed my work was the introduction of Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz!  I still remember his first release, I don’t think I bought the entire first collection but I do remember they took up close to my arm span!

Those dies are still some of my favorites, and there have been many, many, many more added to my collection over the years.

Of course it’s not just his dies I love, his stamps, inks and so much more!  It has been a while since I really spent quality time with just my dies, paper & stamps creating a mixed media project…….which is how my love for mixed media began!

This project was made using only Tim Holtz products!

img_1995-001-734x1024I started with a little cardboard box deciding that it needed a new life rather than hitting the recycle bin.  So I pulled out some chipboard and all (ok, not ALL) my Tim Holtz supplies.

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The first step was cutting the opening of the front using the Vintage Cabinet Card die to create a shadow box.  Then the base, top and inside were covered with Tim Holtz papers.  I knew I had to use one of the gentleman stamps, yes I have a strange crush on them, which I colored using Distress Ink and a water brush.

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I think he’s quite handsome…….then again maybe I’ve been reading too many Historical Romance novels!

The frame, gears and scroll die cuts were all treated to some Distress Embossing Powder, oh how I love these embossing powders.  I also hoard them like crazy since I can’t get them anymore. *sad face*

img_2001-537x1024I used some stamps on the sides of the box to give it some extra interest.  Oh and those quote stamps, still some of my favorites in my collection!  The one coming our of the typewriter is actually a much bigger stamp, I choose just that part to use on this project.

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I really had so much fun making this project and going back to where my mixed media journey began!  I guarantee I’ll be using my dies & stamps more often, the possibilities of creativity are endless!

I challenge you all to look back at how you’re style has changed over the years and think about some of the things that really changed your creative journey.  Could be a type of product, a class, or an amazing group of friends you’ve made along the way!

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Fairy Queen

Here we are another Sunday and half way through the year already!

I have another 5×7 mixed media canvas to share with you today and let me tell you this one went through quite the transformation!

It all started when I had to deal with my partially wet scrap paper after we had some water in the basement due to rain.  Thankfully not much was lost and the rest of my stash was safe!  As I sorted through the scraps I noticed I had a fair bit of pink scraps, which is odd if you know my work well I don’t use lots of pink!

To use up these pink scraps I started by covering the canvas with layers of paper.  Next I used Finnabair White Sand Texture Paste with some Prima Artisan Powder in Antonette Pink mixed in.

I was pretty happy with the background…….then as my idea for the canvas (yes most often I have no idea what the finished product will be until I’m done), and added different elements I didn’t care for the background anymore.

img_1818-814x1024As you can see the background is NOT pink!  I decided it needed a redo, one of the things I love about mixed media is it’s easy to start over if you don’t like something!  I went over the original background with a couple layers of white gesso, then painted it using Finnabair Sparks paint in Unicorn Hair.

Ok I have to pause here for a moment, isn’t the name of that paint just awesome?!!!

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To bring out the texture on the background I added a touch of mist in a butterscotch colour using water to get it in the nooks & crannies.

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I used a number of Tim Holtz dies to build up the elements on my canvas, behind the fairy queen I used Arched Frame, then added one of the Pediments dies on the bottom.  The entrance to the fairy land is the Tim Holtz Ironwork Gate die.  I used Walnut Stain Distress Embossing powder on all those die cuts…….I love the texture this embossing powder gives.

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For the ‘greenery’ I actually used 7 Gypsies Architextures Feathers coloured green they worked perfectly!

The Fairy Queen herself I used the An Angel to Love stamp by Carabelle Studio…….isn’t she gorgeous!!  For her large wings I used packaging from 7 Gypsies Archtextures, please don’t throw them away, the packaging is amazing!  The smaller wings I used one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces.

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While I may not love pink (although some bits of pink still snuck its way in) I do love Fairies,  I think this love started with Tinkerbell when I was a kid!

Remember when you’re creating there are not mistakes just unrealized opportunities to transform your project!

These are the 7 Gypsies Feathers I used turning them into greenery for my project.

7g25041_architextures_tall_base_feathers_1024x1024-634x1024Thank you so much for joining me again today!  I’m so happy to be back here sharing my projects & ideas with all of you!

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This post was written by Lisa on June 10, 2018

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